[9/10 News Flash] Reading and NASCAR and Conferences – Oh My!

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News from the 2018 Debs:


Cass Morris was back in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia for the weekend to watch the NASCAR races. Yes, really. She contains multitudes — and her dear mama is the sponsor of Friday night’s XFINITY Series Virginia529 College Savings 250.


Lara Lillibridge just arrived home from HippoCamp 2017, a creative nonfiction writer’s conference put on by Hippocampus Magazine, where she enjoyed keynote addresses by Beverly Donofrio (Riding in Cars with Boys), Tobias Wolf (This Boy’s Life), and Dinty Moore (Brevity magazine and many craft books). Lara was on the debut author’s panel and led a session on the hybrid form in creative nonfiction.


Kimmery Martin spent approximately 10,000 hours being tortured this week in a certain well-known computer store and would like to pass on this PSA: if your problem is massive, ask to be helped by the Lead Genius.


Julie Clark is waiting for her next round of edits from her editor and enjoying the slower pace. It’s back-to-school season, and opening up a new school year with a new group of students is her favorite time of year.


Kaitlyn Sage Patterson is reading voraciously while she’s between edit letters. Of note, GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust, which was exceptional, and Mindy McGinnis’s incredible THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES.


See you next week when we talk about five people who helped us get to this point!


Author: Julie Clark

Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Julie Clark grew up reading books on the beach while everyone else surfed. After attending college at University of the Pacific, and a brief stint working in the athletic department at University of California, Berkeley, she returned home to Santa Monica to teach. She now lives there with her two young sons and a golden doodle with poor impulse control. Her debut, THE ONES WE CHOOSE, will be published by Gallery/Simon & Schuster in May 2018.